Good day everyone.
I am an addict in recovery. I was hooked on pain killers and Benzos. I went through some bad withdrawal coming off both, unsupervised, and ended in in the hospital this past January with an acute breakdown.
I have since gotten the help I need and am in counselling 3x a week and working with an addiction specialist.
When I had my breakdown, I was placed on Seroquel 200MG at night. About 4 weeks ago I was placed on Lyrica..we started at 75mg/day for a week, 75mg 2x a day for a week and a half and am now on Lyrica 150mg twice a day (300mg a day) to help with my spine related neuropathic pain, headaches and general chronic pain. Narcotics are out of the question for me.
Two weeks ago my addiction specialist started to monitor my taper of Seroquel. We went to 150mg for a week and just two days ago we went to 100mg with thankfully no withdrawal. I was started on Wellbutrin 100mg a day on Monday as well for my mood and depression. The plan is to taper up to 200mg a day in three weeks. No other meds. In two weeks I'll be only on the Lyrica and Wellbutrin.
Now that you know my history, I can get to my question.
The past two weeks I have noticed that my hair has thinned dramatically. Even the sides which were always thicker now feels much thinner. The hair feels unhealthy and limp, almost like thread. Even Conditioner doesn't help bring it back to life. My diet has been healthy. I just can't get over the change in my hair.
My family GP and my addiction specialist don't have an answer for me. They both don't think that hair loss is related to my medications.
So my question is, has anyone been on just Seroquel OR Lyrica alone (not combined) and noticed hair loss and thinning? I'm trying to nail down which drug it is. I'm not happy with this potential side effect. At 45 and being a male, I'm really 'hair' conscious.
The Seroquel will be done with in two weeks but this whole head and hair issue is bugging me.
And on that note, if the hair loss is drug related, will the hair grow back if the drug is discontinued?
I appreciate your time and insight.